The Benefits of Cinnamon for PCOS

At Holistic Wellness, we often get questions about spices and herbs that can be used to help support the body’s healing processes. One amazing spice we love to recommend to people is cinnamon. Cinnamon is a great addition to your daily routine, and here we outline why!


Health benefits of cinnamon:

Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory spice that has been used throughout history for its healing properties. Cinnamon can help improve digestion, fight the common cold, and lower blood sugar. Cinnamaldehyde, a main component in cinnamon, has antifungal and antibacterial properties. It is rich in antioxidants, which provide much of the anti-inflammatory properties.

Cinnamon may have a positive impact on symptoms of Type II Diabetes by improving serum glucose, lowering fasting blood glucose, and reducing triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol. It also raises HDL (the “good”) cholesterol. Regular intake of cinnamon may also help mitigate the effects of high-fat meals by slowing the increase in blood sugar post-meal.

Evidence suggests that cinnamon may have anti-carcinogenic effects as well, although the research thus far is limited to animal studies. These experiments demonstrate that cinnamon extract slows the growth of cancer cells and induces cancerous cell death.  

Research shows that cinnamon extract may help fight the HIV virus by preventing the virus from entering cells. Therefore, cinnamon extract could potentially contribute to the management of HIV.

Lastly, cinnamon may have health benefits in relation to women’s health and wellness, which is our primary focus at Holistic Wellness. A recent pilot study found that cinnamon reduced insulin resistance in women with PCOS. Cinnamon can also help mitigate heavy menstrual bleeding associated with common conditions of female health, such as endometriosis, menorrhagia, and uterine fibroids.


Who can benefit?:

Anyone can benefit from incorporating cinnamon into their regular diet. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cinnamon helps reduce overall inflammation in the body, which can help support the majority of people. Especially in the Western world, systemic inflammation is a prominent problem that has lead to the rise in chronic disease. Cinnamon consumption also can be preventative, in addition to helping reduce symptoms that are already present.

People diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, or PCOS may especially benefit from consuming cinnamon regularly because of the positive effects on blood sugar and lipid profiles. Individuals with digestive issues may also see positive results from consuming cinnamon regularly.

There does not appear to be any significant difference in the activity of cinnamon based on gender, age, or race.


Dosage & Administration:

Cinnamon can be ingested through cooking with the spice, using the extract, or taking capsules. The recommended dosage is 1-6 grams per day, taken with meals. This can be done by using 1-1.25 tsp cinnamon powder, one drop of cinnamon bark essential oil, or up to 6 grams worth of capsules. Variance is recommended to keep from getting bored, and to prevent overconsumption. It is also suggested that people only take this dose up to 5 days per week. It is always a good idea to consult with a qualified practitioner before starting a new supplement regimen.



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